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Williams keeps helping

For the third time since the COVID-19 pandemic started, local businessman — and now City Councilman — LeOtis Williams held a giveaway of food and other necessities at his business near downtown on Saturday morning.

With a cadre of volunteers, Williams gave away nonperishable food items as well as bleach. The giveaway lasted from 9 to 11 a.m. and had supplies for 100 cars, which drove past the headquarters of LW’s Lawn Care to receive help.

“We still want to continue to help people as much as possible,” Williams said.

Shortly after the pandemic arrived in Virginia last year, Williams and a group of other downtown businessmen hosted a giveaway of groceries, prepared food, cleaning supplies and toilet paper. Then on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, as he has done for nearly two decades, Williams held his annual giveaway of turkey and all the fixings. He had been elected to City Council earlier that same month.

He’s not stopping anytime soon. Williams said he feels it is important for him to keep helping.

“People just need help,” he said. “A lot of folks are having a problem with getting medication. Medication is so expensive. I’m excited that we’re able to help.”

Williams said he has plans to take the giveaways on the road soon.

“I’m planning some other things throughout the year — maybe getting into some of the neighborhoods and start doing some things,” he said. “That’s the plan.”